Wellbeing in Action

Embedding a culture of wellbeing into the heart of school communities requires a commitment from teachers, school managers/governors, pupils and parents to promote a positive sense of belonging and purpose for all.  Many schools promote this positive culture by consciously focusing attention on wellbeing within their own unique context guided by strong, informed and convinced school leaders.  Some of our Irish schools will share their commitment to promote and nurture a wellbeing culture with unique testimony from members of their diverse school communities.

       

Contributors   

St. Mary’s Convent Primary School Profile

St. Mary’s Convent Primary School is a primary school situated in the heart of Trim, Co Meath, Ireland. It is a Catholic School with a Catholic ethos, but children of other denominations and no denominations are whole-heartedly welcomed and their beliefs respected. Our pupils come from a broad cross-section of socio economic groups and are of 14 different nationalities. 13% of our pupils are international and of 9 different religious backgrounds
The school was first opened in 1868 by the Sisters of Mercy, with 30 children and now 150 years later we have 618 children enrolled. We have 23 mainstream classes of approx. 27 children, two Speech and Language Classes catering for children with DLD (Developmental Language Disorder), and one class for children with MGLD (Mild General Learning Difficulty). We also have 8 SETs (Special Education Teachers) who provide mainly in-class support in literacy and numeracy, as well as EAL (English as Another Language).

         

Corpus Christi Primary School

Corpus Christi Primary school is located in the parish of Corpus Christi, Moyross in Limerick city. Moyross is a community that is synonymous with many of the societal ills that impact on 21st century society. Corpus Christi School firmly believes in the philosophy that “education leads to opportunity”. The school has turned the negative impressions of the community into a positive for the children in our care as it has enabled us to reduce our pupil – teacher ratios and increase the amount of resources in our school. We also constantly encourage the adults in the community to become actively involved in school life, with a variety of adult education classes happening in the school. As a result of the issues that have blighted this community, a government backed Regeneration Programme has been undertaken to bring about positive change in the community. It is imperative that the social regeneration of this community is underpinned by a vibrant school that not only provides a top class education but one that also helps to support, enhance and emphasises everything that is good about Moyross.

       

Betty Mc Laughlin

Native of County Limerick, Guidance Counsellor, Author and publisher of many articles on Personal, Educational and Vocational Guidance Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Parent, and Educationalist. Regular contributor to National and Local TV and Radio on topical educational and vocational issues.

Current Work Profile:
• Wellbeing Team Leader, Junior Cycle for Teachers, Department of Education and Skills
• Former National President, Institute of Guidance Counsellors,
• Former National PRO, Institute of Guidance Counsellors
• Practising Guidance Counsellor for 14 Years
• Chartered Member of The Institute of Guidance Counsellors
• Working as a Guidance Counsellor in Coláiste Mhuire CBS, 14 years
• Mentor and Supervisor in University of Limerick post Graduate students and Trainee Guidance Counsellors 2003 - 2014

Education
• Master of Science in Guidance and Counselling UU,2004
• Masters in Ed Leadership) NUI Maynooth 2010
• MA sa Ghaeilge, líofacht sa Ghaeilge
• B.A Hons (French and Irish) 1985 NUI Maynooth
• H.Dip in Ed in 1986 NUI Maynooth
• H.Dip in Guidance / Counselling University of Limerick 2002

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